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Public Land Survey Marks
Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.
Expanded Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.

There is a new tool for Google Earth for mapping out the PLSS here is the link

PLSS in Google Earth

These are comprised of private survey marks, local government survey marks, boundary poles, private property lines, cairns, rock paint marks, notched boulders, and many more. They can commonly be found defining townships, subdivisions of townships, park boundaries, federal property boundaries, etc.

This category can also include boundary marks and survey marks accomplished by private survey companies used in redefining property lines and construction projects.

If you find a USGS benchmark, then please file it in the US Benchmarks category or other appropriate benchmark category.

More information of survey marks can be found at: PLSS in Wikipedia

Here are pictures and diagrams of what some of these marks look like:

The above plaque is for townshipping. This metal map is divided into 6x6, 1 mile squares; thus the 36 sections of a township. The nail or remaining hole shows you where you are in the township. There is almost always a stone monument near this:

Above is one of the PLSS monuments. In some cases benchmarks have been or are being placed at these stone monuments.

The smallest the plaques will be divided is a 1/16 corner; that is 1/16 of a 1 mile section; or 40 acre corners which equals .250 miles. Private surveyors usually make the smaller ones.

Next to this monument is usually a bearing tree and witness tree (or two witness trees), or even a sign. Scars on the trees will indicate bearing. Here is a witness post:

Here are diagrams of scared trees:

 

There are also several different ways corner marks are represented. These can be chiseled rocks, painted marks, ribbons, wooden posts, cairns, and more:

 

Instructions for Posting a Public Land Survey Marks Waymark:
Post a close up picture of the survey mark. Also post at least one picture of the area giving reference to where the mark is in the immediate area. No GPS photos in the waymark description/photos. Please provide detailed information regarding its location and any specifics of the land it is defining.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please submit a photo(s) taken by you of your visit to the location (non-copyrighted photos only). GPS photos are also accepted with the location in the background, and old vacation photos are accepted. If you are not able to provide a photo, then please describe your visit or give a story about the visit. If you have additional information about the survey mark which is not listed in the waymark description, please notify the waymark owner to have it added, and please post the information in your visit log.
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Public Land Survey MarksTopographic Baseline Monument - Gettysburg National Military Park

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In the Bryan Farm area is an old style survey stone.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/17/2015

last visited: 5/10/2015

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Public Land Survey MarksLong Lane Survey Mark - Gettysburg National Military Park

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A survey mark set in a property corner on the edge of town.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 5/10/2015

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Public Land Survey MarksWainwright Ave Survey Mark - Gettysburg National Military Park

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A survey mark set along a rock wall at the park boundary.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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Public Land Survey MarksMenchey's Spring Survey Mark - Gettysburg National Military Park

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A mark set in the rock wall notating the Menchey's Spring area.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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Public Land Survey MarksBattery F Survey Stone B - Gettysburg National Military Park

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One of several survey marks around this monument on Hunt Ave.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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One of several survey marks around this monument on Hunt Ave.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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A survey mark along the fenceline of Hunt Ave.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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A survey mark set along Slocum Ave in the East Cemetery Hill area.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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A survey mark along Williams Ave in the Culp's Hill area.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/14/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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PLSS quarter corner set by David Armstrong in 1976

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/13/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by David Armstrong in 1976

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/13/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by David Armstrong in 1976

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/13/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksColgrove Ave Survey Stone - Gettysburg National Military Park

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A US Survey Stone set along Colgrove Ave near Spangler's Spring.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/12/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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A survey mark notating the boundary along Wheatfield Rd.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/10/2015

last visited: 4/12/2015

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A survey mark set in the rock wall along Wright Ave.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/10/2015

last visited: 4/12/2015

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PLSS sixteenth corner set by R. Oman in 1976; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0564

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/2/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner set by R. Oman in 1976; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0465

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/2/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS center quarter corner set by R. Oman in 1976; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0365

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/2/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner set by R. Oman in 1976; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0364

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 5/2/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner set by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, James E. Jelley in 1966

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 4/27/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner set by R. Oman in 1976; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0566

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 4/27/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS section corner set by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, James E. Jelley in 1966

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 4/27/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS sixteenth corner set by R. Oman in 1976; National Forest Survey Corner Visitation Card, Index File No. 0467

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 4/27/2015

last visited: never

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A survey mark set in the rock wall along Confederate Ave.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 4/26/2015

last visited: 4/12/2015

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This stone, on the E side of PA 281/WV 26, in 1860 was meant to mark the MD/PA/WV tri-point. It was 'demoted' to 'just' a 2-state border officially in 1910.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark

location: West Virginia

date approved: 4/26/2015

last visited: never

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